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New climate plans fall far short of limiting global warming to 1.5°C

Wed, 09/15/2021 - 4:00am
The gap between the emissions reductions needed for 1.5°C and countries' pledges has closed by up to 15 per cent - but Climate Action Tracker finds cuts are still far short of what is needed
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Ancient spiders locked in amber died looking after their offspring

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:01pm
Modern spiders are known to be devoted parents, and ancient spiders trapped in 99-million-year-old amber seem to have cared for their young too
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Sharon Peacock interview: How we track down new coronavirus variants

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 2:23pm
Sharon Peacock leads a group of researchers who started sequencing the genome of the coronavirus in March 2020 and identified the rise of the delta variant in the UK
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Piles of animal dung reveal the location of an ancient Arabian oasis

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 2:06pm
Analysis of fossilised faeces from rock hyraxes shows that the extremely dry area of Wadi Sana in Yemen was once a lush oasis
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Jaguars face major threat from Amazon deforestation and fires

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 11:03am
Prospects for South America's biggest wild cat are likely to get worse in the short term unless the Brazilian government strengthens protections against deforestation for timber and cattle farming
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SpaceX is about to send the first ever all-amateur mission into orbit

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:03am
SpaceX’s Inspiration4 launch, planned for 15 September, will mark the first time a flight into orbit has been crewed exclusively by people who are not professional astronauts
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Astronauts could use their blood and urine to make Martian concrete

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 7:22am
Mixing materials extracted from their own blood and urine with native Martian soil could let astronauts produce a type of concrete for building a colony
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Male rodents with less time to breed grow bigger testes

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 6:49am
Male rodents in species with shorter breeding seasons tend to have larger testes, probably because the time pressure increases sperm competition between males
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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 6:23am
NASA’s planned successor to the Hubble Space Telescope
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Shifting jet stream due to warming could threaten Europe from 2060

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 4:00pm
Changes in the position of the polar jet stream around the Arctic may have caused past famines in Europe, and global warming could lead to even bigger changes from around the 2060s
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Rare genetic variants play important role in people who live to be 100

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:00pm
An analysis of DNA from 515 centenarians has identified rare genetic variants that might help explain how they reached their hundredth birthday
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Cows have been potty-trained to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:00pm
Sixteen young cows learned quickly how to urinate in a latrine, allowing their urine to be processed without producing greenhouse gases emissions
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Food production emissions make up more than a third of global total

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 12:00pm
Global greenhouse gas emissions from food production are 37 per cent of the total, and animal-based food production emits twice as much as plant-based food production
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Planet-eating stars can be identified by their telltale chemistry

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 8:00am
Stars that have eaten their planets aren't promising places to look for alien life, and now there is a technique that can help quickly identify such stars from their chemistry
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Army ants use temporary bases to store food when raiding insect nests

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 7:00am
Army ants steal more food during raids on other insect nests by temporarily storing their plunder nearby, a computer simulation and fieldwork in the Amazon suggest
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Sea fireflies adapted their threatening glow to attract mates

Mon, 09/13/2021 - 4:00am
Tiny bean-shaped crustaceans called ostracods, known as sea fireflies, release glowing blue mucus to threaten predators, but some males evolved to use this to attract females
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Even tiny green spaces in cities help urban wildlife biodiversity

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 11:18am
Greening parts of cities is widely promoted as boosting biodiversity, health and well-being, and now researchers have found that improving even tiny green spaces leads to big increases in biodiversity
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Why has El Salvador officially adopted bitcoin as its currency?

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 8:21am
El Salvador is the first country to adopt the cryptocurrency bitcoin as legal tender, but other nations may follow suit
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Covid-19 news: UK approves Pfizer and AstraZeneca booster shots

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 7:20am
The latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
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Almost no one encrypts their emails because it is too much of a hassle

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 4:00am
A study looking at the use of encryption to keep the contents of an email private has found that the technology is rarely used, despite being available for decades
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